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Andy Murray comes through Nikoloz Basilashvili in five sets to reach second round of Australian Open

Andy Murray showed he still had a lot of life left as he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round of the Australian Open with an epic performance 6-1 3-6 6-4 6-7 (5-7) and 6th : 4 defeated. (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayAndy Murray comes through Nikoloz Basilashvili in five sets to reach second round of Australian Open Andy Murray comes through Nikoloz Basilashvili in five sets to reach the second round of the Australian Open defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round of the Australian Open 6-1 3-6 6-4 6-7 (5-7 ), 6:4. Looking more like the player of yore, the former world No. 1 found victory again with a thrilling win at Melbourne Park after three hours and 52 minutes. "It was incredible," Murray said in an on-pitch interview after the game. "It's been a tough three or four years. I've played on this court many times and the atmosphere is amazing. I thought I might have played my last match here three years ago, but it's amazing to be back and to win. " such a five-set fight. Murray sped to the first set with little effort in just over 20 minutes, but the 21st seed set his radar to break Murray's serve three times to level the match. The five-time Melbourne finalist won three straight breaks to get back in front on his fourth chance when Basilashvili threw in a 25th unforced error of the set. Murray then recovered from 2-4 before securing a set point at 4-5 and despite fighting back in the 1-5 tiebreak, the 34-year-old paid for a couple of loose forehands as Basilashvili forced a decisive set. Murray went 3-0 up in the fifth round but Basilashvili came back again to level 4-4 only for the Scot to finally find a way across the line and a second-round meeting with Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel prepared. Murray added: "Hopefully I'll keep improving. It's something I haven't had at any of the Slams since coming back from injury and it's something that motivates me. "I've had some of my best here over the years played tennis games. Dan Evans quickly followed Murray's win with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 win over David Goffin. Evans has started the season in fine form, while former top-10 star Goffin has been plagued by injury problems and was eliminated with a knee problem during a game against Murray in Sydney last week. Goffin initially kept pace with his opponent but Evans, 24th seeded, broke to win the opening set and was relatively content from there with a win that lasted an hour and 48 minutes. Kyrgios has recently recovered from Covid-19 and played his first match since September but his full bag of tricks was on display. In front of a roaring crowd, he set the tone with a forearm serve through the legs on his first service game and continued from there. Last year's runners-up Daniil Medvedev began his quest for the title as the first Russian in Melbourne since Marat Safin in 2005 with a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win over Henri Laaksonen. Heather Watson claimed her first Grand Slam victory in a year with a three-set win over Mayar Sherif of Egypt. Watson has had a hard time finding wins lately but she ended a seven-game losing streak dating back to August in Adelaide last week and carried that confidence to Melbourne. But Watson played a good match, winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, beating 40 winners and putting aside disappointment at losing the second set. "I'm really glad I got through that because the last few years haven't been good for me," said Watson. "I had a great preseason in Florida and I found my love and joy for tennis and for competition again. I feel like the last couple of years I've felt really anxious before games, just really didn't even want to go out there but was trying to get over it because I know there are always ups and downs in sport today I was looking forward to playing. I couldn't wait to get on the pitch." She will face Tamara Zidansek in the second round on Thursday after the Slovenian defeated Arantxa Rus 3-6 6-3 7-6 (10-8). .Darts came through qualifiers for the third time here in four years and for the third time she faced one of the big names at the Rod Laver Arena: she suffered the dreaded double bagel against Maria Sharapova in 2019 before hitting one against Simona Halep the following year much better performed Dart , ranked 123, made a good start against seventh-placed Swiatek and led 3-1, but the Pole started to erase the mistakes and although he didn't get too wrong in the second set, the British No. 3 didn't win another game Dart said: "It was a challenge here. "I've played six games in total here and I'm happy to be injury free and have some sort of start for the year." The Belarusian lay by a set and a m break back and was a point after falling behind with a double break before hitting back. Garbine Muguruza, the third seed, started her season with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Clara Burel. The 2020 runner-up meets Alize Cornet in the second round after beating Viktoriya Tomova 6-3, 6-3. Don't forget to follow us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports - on the go!

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Emma Raducanu vs. Sloane Stephens latest updates after Andy Murray win

Australian Open 2022 LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Sloane Stephens latest updates after Andy Murray win - Follow the latest action from Day 2 at Melbourne Park (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Follow all the action as first round matches resume on day two of the Australian Open. In women's singles, Garbine Muguruza got off to a perfect start against Clara Burel, while British qualifier Harriet Dart could do little to ward off the brilliance of Iga Swiatek, who lost 3-6, 6-0 to the 2020 French Open champions . Leylah Fernandez, who faced Emma Raducanu in last year's US Open final, also suffered an early exit at the hands of Australian qualifier Maddison Inglis. Raducanu's tantalizing match against Sloane Stephens will be his last at Margaret Court Arena this morning. For men, the new favorite in the absence of Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, swept Henri Laaksonen aside relatively easily. However, it was a typically exhausting day for Andy Murray as he produced another triumphant performance to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili in five grueling sets. Follow the latest updates below: Fernandez and Kvitova knock out first round 11-11 Tom Kershaw An ideal start for Raducanu, who starts with an emphatic forehand winner and keeps fast after a couple of tame errors from Stephens. 11:09 , Tom Kershaw The players are now warming up on the pitch. Make no mistake, even though Stephens has dropped to 67th in the rankings, it's a very tricky test for Raducanu. Stephens won the US Open in 2017 and reached the semifinals of the French Open two years ago. Raduncau, meanwhile, has lost her last two first-round games despite her immense performance in New York and struggled on her second serve in Sydney last week. 11:01 , Tom Kershaw If you want a last-minute read while we wait for Raducanu on the pitch, here's a preview of what we can expect from the teenager who changed his coaching setup and endured a troubled build-up has. to the first Grand Slam of the year after testing positive for Covid in December. Emma Raducanu welcomes Australian Open debut with few expectations 10:47 , Tom Kershaw It was a shaky start from De Minaur who lost a set to Musetti but the Australian bounced back impressively to secure his place in the second round. Emma Raducanu and Sloane Stephens will be on the court shortly... Djokovic may not be able to defend French Open title 10:35 , Tom Kershaw While we await Raducanu's return, here's a reminder of the latest news on Novak Djokovic. Players are expected to be required to produce a Covid passport proving their vaccination status to enter arenas and stadiums, meaning Djokovic's hopes of defending his title at Roland Garros and at 21. Novak Djokovic could face French Open as unvaccinated rules tightened at 10:29 Tom Kershaw Raducanu vs Stephens is the final first round match at Margaret Court Arena. Australia No. 32 Alex De Minaur lost the first set to Lorenzo Musetti but has since recovered in style. Leading by two sets to one, he just broke the Italian's serve in set number four to move closer to victory. 10:25 , Tom Kershaw In the end it was a routine victory for Nick Kyrgios. He broke straight away in the first two sets and his own serve was absolutely brilliant. Broady played well after qualifying but it was always going to be a difficult task for the Brit. Kyrgios will have the crowd on his side again, but in the second round he'll be up against exactly that. He next meets world No. 2 and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in a vibrant competition. 10:20 AM , Tom Kershaw Aryna Sabalenka is safe in the second round, but not without fear. The No. 2 lost the first set to Australian wildcard Storm Sanders, even trailing with a break in the second. However, she reacted great to hit back and level the match before dominating the deciding set. 10:08 , Tom Kershaw Nobody who risks being understated, Nick Kyrgios' magic moment earned him an early break against British qualifier Liam Broady. The Australian is now in third place and close to victory. Australian Open 2022: Fernandez in first round 10:06, Tom Kershaw Emma Raducanu's opponent in last September's famous US Open final, Leylah Fernandez, has endured a difficult return to the Grand Slam stage. The 19-year-old was beaten overnight in her first-round match against Maddison Inglis. Raducanu will look to avoid the same fate when she takes on Sloane Stephens, with the pair expected on the pitch in the next hour. 09:48 , Tom Kershaw From Kyrgios there were no such fluctuations. The Aussie was in full glory from the start, ending the second set with another thunderous ace. 09:47 , Tom Kershaw That's a lot better from Sabalenka, who struggled against Sanders really badly. The number 2 breaks the Australian's serve and has a chance to lead the second set 5-3. She rockets into a 40-0 lead, wobbles with a double fault but then manages to finish it and level a tense match. 09:41 , Tom Kershaw Kyrgios soaks up every minute of the crowd's support. Mimicking Cristiano Ronaldo's "Siuuu" celebration in response to the Aussie's imaginative punches, he further upgrades them with a little back and forth, then closes the game with an ace. After a quick hold from Broady to 15, Kyrgios now becomes open to the second sentence. 09:39 , Tom Kershaw Sabalenka gets dragged into really deep water by Sanders. Already a set down on world No. 128, she collapsed in the second lap before fighting back. Serving at 3-3, the No. 2 seed is then forced to salvage two more break points in another grueling game. 09:32 , Tom Kershaw Broady is holding on bravely but is struggling to deal with Kyrgios' power. The Aussie won 86% of the points on his first serve and landed 12 aces. He's a break and a setup. 09:13 , Tom Kershaw Broady struggles on his first serve and gives Kyrgios another early break. 09:11 , Tom Kershaw Elsewhere, World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka is struggling against Australia wildcard Storm Sanders. Sanders, ranked at No. 128 in the world, has never made it past the first round of a Grand Slam in her singles career but won the first set 7-5 against Sabalenka. 09:06, Tom Kershaw Daniil Medvedev was broken in a rare display of nerves in his opening game against Henri Laaksonen, but he quickly rattled off six games in a row to dominate the set. The Russian, who defeated Djokovic in last year's US Open final, is the favorite in the Serb's absence. However, he tried to deflect that new pressure after his 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win and insisted Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam record makes him the man to beat. "I like pressure, but last year I got off to a good start here in Australia at the ATP Cup and managed to be in the final here," he said afterwards on the pitch. I like playing on hard courts in Australia. I want to do better here than last year, but it won't be easy. "I always say who's the best is the favourite, so this time I'll go with Rafa because he's got 20 grand slams." 08:52 , Tom Kershaw Kyrgios is still in full swing against Broady, drawing equal cheers and laughter from the crowd. However, Broady is now warming himself up for the match and getting used to the rough atmosphere. After breaking his first game of service, the Brit was solid and holding comfortably to level things up 4-3. 08:50 , Tom Kershaw Tennis Australia, who granted Novak Djokovic a Therapeutic Use Exemption in accordance with the Victorian Government, remained remarkably calm as the Visa saga unfolded last week. "There are always lessons to be learned and we will review all aspects of our preparation and execution to inform our planning - as we do every year." This process always starts as soon as the Australian Open champions lift their trophies 08:35, Tom Kershaw Krygios has already turned this match into a carnival atmosphere, playing trick shots for the benefit of the crowd and breaking the Briton in his opening game. 08:22 , Tom Kershaw Next up at the John Cain Arena is the always exciting and equally controversial Nick Kyrgios against Britain's Liam Broady. Broady, who prevailed by qualifying for the peloton, will compete against the crowd here as well. 08:18 , Tom Kershaw "When we came back last year after the forced break with Covid, we obviously played without fans in the stadium. You know, we train and practice so that we can play and compete in atmospheres like this, in places like this, to entertain you and perform in front of you. It's an amazing atmosphere and I'm so happy.” When asked how far he thinks he can go in the tournament, Murray is clear: “I'd like to have a deep run here if possible. It's tough, but I'd like a deep run. I've played my best tennis here in years, I'm comfortable here and I hope I can make it in this tournament." 08:17 , Tom Kershaw "It was a brutal match in Sydney, we got three hours over three sets [at the Sydney International last week]. He hits the ball huge from the back of the court and I had to run a lot today, defend a lot. Obviously a bit of confidence from last week's win and thankfully crossing the finish line today.” 08:16 , Tom Kershaw “It's been a tough, tough three, four years. I have played on this course many times. The atmosphere is incredible. This is the match I thought my last match might have been three years ago, but to win a five set bout like this again is amazing. Couldn't ask for more.” 08:16 , Tom Kershaw I mean… 3 years ago the guy could barely walk, had double hip surgery and tearfully announced his retirement ahead of the 2019 tournament. He just hit a seed in 5 sets. pic.twitter.com/YyK22H5JpC - Jonathan Overend (@jsoverend) Jan 18 2022 08:07 , Tom Kershaw Basilashvili throws everything at two winners to bring it back to 30-40. A deep Murray backhand pushes him past the baseline and a weak return grinds into the net. 08:03 , Tom Kershaw A forehand drifts just wide of the tram line and Murray gets three match points! 08:02 , Tom Kershaw At three hours and 47 minutes we enter what may be the final game and Murray starts it off with vigor, jumping off a weak second serve to take a 0-15 lead. 08:00 , Tom Kershaw Murray delivers an ace at a crucial time after falling 15-30 behind in the game. He roars and then confuses Basilashvili with a deft drop shot into the net to set up the cue ball. An unforced backhand error puts Murray in the game! Basilashvili will now serve to stay in the match. 07:57 , Tom Kershaw Murray tries to react immediately and puts Basilashvili up to 30-30 on serve. However, the Georgian closes the game with an ace and the pressure on Murray's serve is back immediately. 07:52 , Tom Kershaw Emma Raducanu returns to the Grand Slam stage later in the morning in an extremely difficult test against another US Open champion at Sloane Stephens. 07:51 , Tom Kershaw Basilashvili breaks back! It was a tired service play from Murray and at the break point the two go back and forth in a grueling 30-shot rally. In the decider we are back on serve. 07:45 , Tom Kershaw It was a typically relentless first round match for Andy Murray, who is now in the fifth set against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. Two years after retiring in Melbourne, the Scot is struggling with every last drop of energy and broke serve to be close to victory. Confusion over crowd reaction at Australian Open

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Broady v Kyrgios, Murray wins opener - live!

Running report: Andy Murray returns to Melbourne Park victorious while Nick Kyrgios is in action Join Mike Hytner for updates (Author: Gardener)

BroadyPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Running report: Andy Murray returns to Melbourne Park victorious while Nick Kyrgios is in action Join Mike Hytner for updates. Second set: Broady 4-6, 4-5* Kyrgios (indicating next server) Another serve for Broady that will make Kyrgios at least knock it out. Australia men's No. 1 Alex De Minaur is back in the match against Lorenzo Musetti to win the second set 6-3 to even things out. Third Set: Broady 4-6, 4-6, 1-2* Kyrgios (denotes next server) Broady held Kyrgios on serve and then forced a break point - but he's under more pressure here at Deuce. He scores and it's Breakpoint Kyrgios - and after a brutal rally, Kyrgios gets a lucky jump off the net. He offers an apology hand, but the bottom line is he's now four holds from victory. Sabalenka appears to have pulled herself out of trouble against Storm Sanders - a well-timed break in game two helped her come back and she now has a decider split. Elsewhere, Alex De Minaur has won the third set from Lorenzo Musetti, winning him 6-0. Third Set: Broady 4-6, 4-6, *1-1 Kyrgios (denotes next server) An ill-advised attempt through the legs by Kyrgios is dealt with by Broady, who then finds a winning return to make the debut. Signs Kyrgios has lost sight of the ball and Broady has the advantage as he pursues a lucky net cord jump. Kyrgios roars as Broady's return goes long - and he backs that up with a few more big serves to escape. So what happened in the men's overnight/early draw today? Well, Daniil Medvedev defeated Henri Laaksonen and is waiting for the winner of this match. Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov and Roberto Bautista Agut are all through but John Isner lost in five sets to Maxime Cressy and Ugo Humbert was beaten by Richard Gasquet. Dan Evans passed David Goffin and Andy Murray didn't do badly either. Third Set: Broady 4-6, 4-6, 1-0* Kyrgios (denotes next server) In the first two sets, Kyrgios broke at the first opportunity and served out the set. He's quickly trailing 0:30 but keeps his composure and turns the game around, ending with a cross-court winner. Second set: Broady 4-6, *4-6 Kyrgios (indicates next server) Boom! Another ace to seal the second set. Nick Kyrgios is two sentences too good! Second set: Broady 4-6, 0-1* Kyrgios (denotes next server) Broady saves two break points before Kyrgios makes a return home to set up a third. A well-placed winner across the board saves it, but Kyrgios wins the next rally. The break feels inevitable - and Kyrgios gets it when Broady scores! Great Britain's Liam Broady plays a backhand against Australia's Nick Kyrgios. Photo: Andy Brownbill/AP Second set: Broady 4-6, 2-3* Kyrgios (denotes next server) Liam Broady takes just his fifth point on the Kyrgios serve while his opponent stays ahead. In the next game, a big ace from Broady makes Kyrgios grin. It almost feels like an exhibition match. Second set: Broady 4-6, 1-2* Kyrgios (denotes next server) The bad news for Kyrgios, who has taken complete control here, is that Daniil Medvedev, the de facto No. 1 seed, is in the second round lying in wait . Broady comes on with a solid hold in the second set. Second Set: Broady 4-6, *2-4 Kyrgios (denotes next server) The second set followed the same pattern as the first, with Kyrgios breaking immediately and challenging his opponent to hit back. First set: Broady 4-6, *3-5 Kyrgios (denotes next server) A Kyrgios ace smacks a ball boy on the hip, the boy flashes a stoic smile to show he's okay. Kyrgios lunges for a net cord bounce to pocket a drop shot, then downs two aces while joking with the crowd between points. "The game between Kyrgios and Broady is a joy," says Belinda. "I love the spirit in which it is played - so far credit to both of them." Totally agree, nice to see. Broady held serve again and has two more chances to make an impact on Kyrgios' serve. A big chance was missed by Storm Sanders, who broke in the second set but allowed Aryna Sabalenka to withdraw. First set: Broady 1-2* Kyrgios (meaning next server) An important hold for Broady, who perhaps didn't expect his opponent to start so fluidly. Broady beat Russia's Roman Safiullin in his last qualifier - but Safiullin is also in the draw as a lucky loser and currently lies 2-1 against Alex Molcan in what appears to be an easier task. Let's take a look at the results of today's women's draw, starting with Garbiñe Muguruza, who saw off France's Clara Burel early on. There was an emotional win for Sam Stosur over fellow wildcard Robin Anderson and Heather Watson defeated Mayar Sherif in straight sets. Leylah Fernandez, who was beaten by Emma Raducanu in the US Open final, lost to Australian wildcard Maddison Inglis 4-6, 2-6 and Petra Kvitova fell to Romania's Sorana Cirstea. First set: Broady 4-6, *0-2 Kyrgios (denotes next server) Kyrgios races to 40-0 and then attempts a quick underarm serve that lands in the net. He apologizes to the crowd, then plays a tweener on the next rally en route to securing the hold. A potentially big excitement is brewing over Rod Laver, where wildcard Storm Sanders won the first set 7-5 over Aryna Sabalenka. The No. 2 seed bounced back after two breaks but lost serve again at 5-5 and Sanders, who has never won a singles match here, serves! First set: Broady *4-6 Kyrgios (denotes next serve) At 30-15, Kyrgios takes his time, collects his thoughts and hammers out a wide, unstoppable serve. He's followed by an ace, and that's the first movement in the books. Not so good news for home hopes at Margaret Court Arena - Alex De Minaur has lost the first set 6-3 to Italy's Lorenzo Musetti. Fourth Set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) Murray (*denotes next server) Murray is visibly frustrated early in the play after Basilashvili found the corner with a simply beautiful backhand winner take a 2-1 lead. The Georgian then throws down an ace, he follows up with another forehand winner and suddenly leads 4-1. With all there is to do, Murray is fighting hard but is unable to gain ground and with three chances to close the set conquer, Basilashvili does so - the third time and only after Murray finds the net! We're going into a fifth and final set! Andy Murray from Great Britain plays a forehand. First set: Broady 4-5 * Kyrgios (denotes next server) Broady, wearing a rather spectacular pair of multicolored shorts - perfect for later strutting down Brighton Beach - will get Kyrgios to serve him up. First Sentence: *Basilashvili 1-1 Murray (*denotes the next server) There are some vocal fans in the arena today. I don't speak Georgian but I assume the guy making his presence felt from the stands is a Basilashvili fan. Good start from Murray who ignores the distractions and secures a love service game. Andy Murray during his first round match. Photo: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock First set: Broady *3-5 Kyrgios (shows next server) Broady holds on to love - can he trouble Kyrgios with his own serve? Broady serves to stay in the set... In other results, former Open finalist Petra Kvitová was sent home by another veteran, Romania's Sorana Cîrstea. Garbiñe Muguruza, the women's third seed, had few problems in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Clara Burel to set up a meeting with France's Alize Cornet, who defeated her compatriot Viktoriya Tomova 6-3, 6: 3 defeated. There was no excitement at Rod Laver Arena as Iga Swiatek defeated Britain qualifier Harriet Dart's challenge 6-3, 6-0, while 2020 quarterfinalist Anett Kontaveit defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-3 . Second set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3 Murray (*denotes the next server) Murray, who has to hold his serve to stay in the set, doesn't make it easy for himself. Such a greatly improved set from the Georgian whose punching power really started to find its target. Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia plays a forehand. Photo: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images Third set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6 Murray (*denotes next serve) Murray patiently grinds out a couple of baseline rallies, the second of which yields two set points. Regardless, on his second serve point, Basilashvili hits a backhand wide and the third set belongs to Murray! Britain's Andy Murray reacts in his first round match against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili. Photo: James Gourley/Reuters First set: Broady *2-4 Kyrgios (denotes next server) Broady is hanging there but struggling to get something on the Kyrgios serve as the home hope remains a split. Murray continues: “Of course when we came back to play last year after the forced break with Covid we played without fans in the stadium. You know, we train and practice so that we can play and compete in atmospheres like this, in places like this, to entertain you and perform in front of you. It's an incredible atmosphere and I'm so happy." When asked about his expectations for this two-week Open, he says: "Hopefully I'll keep improving, there are things in my game that I can definitely do better. It's tough, but I'd like a deep run. I've been playing my best tennis here for years, I feel good here and I hope I can make it in this tournament." And with that he's gone, the day session ends and the night session begins. First set: Broady 0-1* Kyrgios (denotes next server) Kyrgios has had little practice but assuaged any early fears of the home crowd with an instant break, heating up fans after a Broady praise goes long. Elsewhere, an impressive win for Dan Evans who follows Murray into the second round with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 win over David Goffin. Australia's Nick Kyrgios reacts in his first round singles match against Great Britain's Liam Broady. First set: Broady *1-3 Kyrgios (denotes next server) Kyrgios has his first serve in the car and secures the hold with a 145 mph ace. At the Rod Laver Arena, Aryna Sabalenka had slipped behind Australia outsider Storm Sanders with two breaks - but has one break back to go 4-2 down in the opener. First set: Broady *0-2 Kyrgios (denotes next server) A straight hold for Kyrgios who looks very good for playing early between points and bossing affairs. Let's take a quick look at the courts: On Rod Laver, home wild card Storm Sanders has an early break against No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka. More good news for the Australian hopes next door, with Alex De Minaur splitting from Lorenzo Musetti in the opening set. And now it's Basilashvili's turn to have his radar fail him, in fact it goes completely AWOL as Murray goes 40-0 up and scores three match points. He needs all three but he makes it in the end as Basilashvili nets one last ball! Game, Set and Match Murray the Joker! Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts after winning his singles first round match. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images The night session is just beginning around Melbourne Park - and next it's just Nick Kyrgios taking on British qualifier Liam Broady at the John Cain Arena... Here's the full story this earlier statement from Tennis Australia: And with that, I hand you over to Niall McVeigh, who will guide you through the opening stages of the evening session. When asked about his opponent, whom he also beat at the Sydney International in the run-up to the Australian Open: "It was a brutal match in Sydney, we played three hours over three sets. He hits the ball huge from the back of the court and I had to run a lot today, defend a lot. Obviously a bit of confidence from last week's win and thankfully crossing the finish line today.” What a performance from Murray. It was a classic Murray, five sets that was never taken lightly, but a real warrior's feat. I have played on this course many times. This is the match I thought my last match might have been three years ago, but to win a five set bout like this again is amazing. Couldn't ask for more.” Fifth Set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 4-5 Murray (*denotes next server) Murray screams in frustration as his radar fails him and he falls to 30-15 but all his experience shines through as he climbs back to hold and move within a game stoppage and a second round spot! Fifth set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 4-4 Murray* (*denotes next server) Basilashvili is unlucky on the first point as the ball cuts the ribbon and bounces out but he fights back and equals at 30-30 while whipping a forehand out of range of the chasing Murray. A booming serve follows that Murray can't return, with an ace to finish! Fifth Set: * Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 3-4 Murray (*denotes next server) Some quick hands from Basilashvili put him 15-0 ahead and as Murray a hits a drop shot only to put the ball out a point later, putting the pressure on the Scot. The second-fastest serve of the day and an ace. But Murray loses the next point - with an unforced error he made with himself - giving the Georgian a break chance. An epic, nerve-racking rally ensues, which Basilashvili wins with a backhand winner! Fifth set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 2-4 Murray* (*denotes next server) Credits to Basilashvili, he refuses to lie down despite a shaky moment here 40-30. He keeps his nerve and serves, and the spotlight falls back on Murray. Fifth set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 1-4 Murray (*denotes the next server) Murray returns his serve with his own service game, so to speak, and that has to be a hammer blow for be Basilashvili. Fifth set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 1-3 Murray* (*denotes next serve) Basilashvili equalizes the ace count to 12-12 to seal a love labor game - badly needed by the Georgian who was absolutely bowled over before this set. Third set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 2-1 Murray* (*denotes next server) Basilashivili follows suit - he charges towards a 40-Love lead before charging forward as Murray's backhand is an inch is too long. Third set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 1-1 Murray (*denotes the next server) So Murray serves for the first time in the third set. Phew, that's a neat game for the Scot, a comfortable hold. Third Set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 2-2 Murray (*denotes next server) Murray is getting a little rowdy now and straightening up as he takes a 30-0 lead, but the wind is blowing out of him somewhat knocked out by a mighty punch from Basilashvili in the next point. But Murray keeps his nerve and holds the serve. Third Set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 2-3 Murray* (*denotes next server) This is compelling tennis in a potentially decisive game in the third set! Basilashvili makes a bad decision hitting a ball Murray had no right to recover and the prospects look bleak for him as Murray has three break points. It's a mixed bag from there - including some great winners, a terrible hit at the net - before a 10-minute upside-down game finally comes to an end when he finds the net. Murray breaks! Fifth set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 0-3 Murray (*denotes next server) Make that nine after Basilashvili makes a mistake. But that's where Murray's run ends as the Georgian finally grabs a point with a backhand winner. Still, Murray's engine is still running and he consolidates that break to open a three-game lead in the deciding set! Fifth set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 0-2 Murray* (*denotes next server) And Murray isn't messing around here - he's breaking for love! That's eight straight points he's won since the tie-breaker. Third set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 3-3 Murray (*denotes next server) Basilashvili breaks and we're back to serve after another long game - eight and a half minutes to be exact. Before a third break point, Murray looks completely shaken - he leans on his racquet and then gets run all over the place by Basilashvili, who seals the break with a wonderfully skillful drop shot that Murray doesn't have the gas to close reach. The Georgian now tops the list of winners by a slim margin - 33-11. Third set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 3-4 Murray* (*denotes next serve) Well, Murray looked exhausted during the last game, but he finds enough energy to hit back right away! He's getting some help again from his opponent, who adds three more unforced errors to his tally, but it doesn't matter where the points come from, Murray is back in front. Third set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 3-5 Murray (*denotes next server) Murray's serve is spot on in this game - two aces to start and then a third follows before a fourth throw proves irretrievable Basilashvili. Fourth set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-6 Murray (*denotes next server) We're headed for a tie-breaker! Murray keeps his nerve. Fifth set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 0-1 Murray (*denotes next server) So how will Murray react to the disappointment that he missed the chance to end this? in four? Pretty good if you can think of this labor of love. Third Set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-5 Murray* (*denotes next server) Murray squanders a few chances to seal the second set and Basilashvili comes back strong with a couple of Moster wins to finally to keep. But Murray will now serve for the second set... Fourth Set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 Murray* (*denotes next server) Murray reaches his end after hitting a Punkt stretched the first game of the fourth set, but he continues to move freely after that. Fourth set: * Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-1 Murray (* denotes next server) Serve in this fourth set while Murray holds. Let's just look at the number of unforced errors: Basilashvili leads 63-29 today, a stat that could prove critical by the end of this game. The Georgian also wins the winner's count - 41-14. Fourth set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 2-1 Murray* (*denotes next server) The Georgian responds with a relatively comfortable serve of his own. The intensity at the end of the third set has decreased a bit for the time being. Fourth set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 2-2 Murray (*denotes next server) Murray has to dig deep to fend off a break here. He saves a break point before making his way to the net and hitting the next volley with devastating results. And when Basilashvili finds the net, the British wildcard's camp breathes a sigh of relief. Fourth set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 3-2 Murray* (*denotes next server) Basilashvili is ahead again and seals the deal with an ace - his second of the set and 10th overall . Fourth set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 4-2 Murray (*denotes next server) Basilashvili requested something from the referee - not quite sure what it is, we suppose we will find out next changeover. The Georgian moves freely and occasionally hits his winners, particularly on points one and two of this game, the second a devastating forehand return of serve. He continues to bring the break point and another wild forehand puts some daylight between him and Murray. Fourth set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 4-3 Murray* (*denotes next server) Murray seems tired now, but Basilashvili can't capitalize. A double fault puts the Georgian in trouble at the break point and when an attempted lob goes wide at the next point Murray breaks and we're back on serve on the fourth! Fourth set: * Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 4-4 Murray (* denotes next server) Basilashvili cried out in agony, Murray leading 30-15 when the Georgian went wide with a crosscourt backhand beats. He knows it's going to be costly, and it proves it as Murray levels things up. Now would be a good time for the Scot to take another break. Fourth set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 5-4 Murray* (*denotes next server) There are five sets on this, right? Basilashvili holds and Murray's break has to wait. The pendulum is now swinging in the Scot's direction and he needs to hold to stay in that fourth set. Fourth set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 5-5 Murray (*denotes next server) This is great tennis! Basilashvili makes a rare scrape at the net from where he plays a clean volley to get things going but his decision making then fails him as he decides to play a drop shot a few points later, it doesn't do that over the network. He still manages to get a set point, but Murray saves him before continuing - with a booming ace! Tennis Australia has issued a fuller statement on the Novak Djokovic saga, saying it "deeply regrets" the impact it has had on players ahead of the Open and that "there are always lessons to be learned". The Board of Tennis Australia, supported by its member federations, would like to make the following statement in relation to the 2022 Australian Open. We would like to make it clear up front that we respect the decision of the Immigration Secretary and the finding of the Federal Court of Australia over the weekend. The Australian Open 2022 has now started and our priority has always been to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world and to ensure we offer the best possible experience for all our players, the fans and the community. A showcase of Melbourne and Australia, the Australian Open is hugely popular with players from around the world. Tennis Australia has worked closely with the Federal and Victorian Governments over the past year to bring Covid-safe Australian Opens to players, staff and fans. As the Australian tennis family, we recognize that recent events have been a significant distraction for everyone and we deeply regret the impact this has had on all players. This process always begins once the Australian Open champions have raised their trophies. Australia has a strong and proud tennis tradition and it was fantastic to see the crowd cheering for the best players in the world leading up to and during the opening days of the Australian Open. Like the players and all tennis fans here and around the world, we now want to focus on the game we are all so passionate about. We look forward to two brilliant weeks of tennis ahead of us. Fourth set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-5 Murray* (*denotes the next server) Basilashvili keeps his nerve despite the occasional wobble. The pressure is on Murray's shoulders again and he now has to hold again or face a fifth set. Third set: Basilashvili 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 Murray* (*denotes next server) It goes into the third set... Basilashvili saves with a double fault despite wobbling. At the change, it was time to quickly meet up with last year's runner-up Daniil Medvedev, who played Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen at the Rod Laver Arena. Medvedev, one of the favorites to lift the trophy of the week on Sunday, is safely through after a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(3) win and next meets the winner of tonight's Nick Kyrgios clash and Liam Broady. Former finalist Simona Halep is through after a 6-4, 6-3 win over Magdalena Frech at Margaret Court Arena. This year's 14th-seeded Romanian will next face American qualifier Katie Volynets or Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia. Big news in the men's draw: World No. 8 Casper Ruud has withdrawn after injuring his ankle during a training session. "I've tried everything to be ready but unfortunately I've decided I'm not 100% ready and I won't be able to play 100% like I have to... That's the final decision" said Ruud. who will be replaced by Roman Safiullin in the draw. Second set: Basilashvili 1-6, 5-3 Murray* (*denotes next server) "C'mon Andy" is the shout from the stands as he equalizes at 15-15 before Basilashvili goes wide with a forehand. A huge overhead smash follows - caught well in depth by a member of the crowd - and a two-game backlog is reopened. Second set: * Basilashvili 1-6, 4-3 Murray (* denotes next server) Oh no. Are the mistakes creeping back into Basilashvili's game? Three in the last game are followed by two more. To be fair, he underscores them with a wonderful forehand crosscourt winner, but a Murray ace and a backhand winner is enough to see the Scot pull back further. Second set: Basilashvili 1-6, 4-2 Murray* (*denotes next server) Murray isn't content to give up this set just yet - you wouldn't expect that from a champion of his rank - and although he can't benefit She from the first two break points as Basilashvili comes to the rescue with his serve, the Georgian double faults on a third and Murray is back in the set. More good news for Australian tennis - wildcard Maddison Inglis is through to the second round after beating Leylah Fernandez, runner-up to Emma Raducanu at last year's US Open, 6-4, 6-2 at the 1573 Arena . Second set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 4-1 Murray (*denotes next server) Basilashvili is a different player in this second set. He has a break chance - a double break chance - and Murray's forehand flies into the net to give the Georgian another break. Second set: Basilashvili 1-6, 3-1 Murray* (*denotes next server) Nice stuff from Basilashvili now who's really growing into this match and starting to show why he's seeded 21st. He saves that service game and it's Murray who leads the unforced error count in the set - 7-5. Second set: * Basilashvili 1-6, 2-1 Murray (* denotes next server) Much, much better from Basilashvili as he fires a massive winner down the line to win another long rally. The Georgian's mistakes dry up as he finds his reach and he breaks for the first time! Murray is in real competition now. Second set: Basilashvili 1-6, 1-1 Murray* (*denotes next server) Murray is truly the first to wink at 15-15 in the last long baseline rally for the first time. The error-prone Basilashvili should take some confidence from this small win. And he only secures his second game of the game, which ends in an ace. Second set: *Basilashvili 1-6, 0-1 Murray (*denotes next server) Murray is giving everything that he has no intention of slowing down in the second set. He opens with an ace and you know that things aren't going well for Basilashvili when the cue ball slides right onto his butt. First sentence: Basilashvili 1-6 Murray* (*denotes the next server) Hold on Andy, I can't keep up! Murray wastes no more time or energy in the first set, racing to set point before breaking again to seal the first set in just 23 minutes! First set: * Basilashvili 1-5 Murray (* denotes next server) Murray wears down Basilashvili in another long baseline rally to start the next game before ending it with a nice backhand slice. Murray kann an dieser Stelle nichts falsch machen und sieht äußerst bequem aus, während Basilashvili... Erster Satz: Basilashvili 1-4 Murray* (*bezeichnet den nächsten Aufschläger) Murray sichert sich ein Doppelbreak und der 34-Jährige springt in Richtung seinen Stuhl bei der Umstellung! Er hat dieses Eröffnungsset sehr gut unter Kontrolle. Machen Sie gleichzeitig diese 13 ungezwungenen Fehler von Basilashvili jetzt. Erster Satz: *Basilashvili 1-3 Murray (*bezeichnet den nächsten Server) Murray Asse bei 30-30 und dann noch einmal direkt danach, um diesen Break zu festigen. Solides Aufschlagspiel des Schotten. Aber Basilashvili macht es sich heute bisher nicht leicht - er beendet Spiel vier des Matches mit insgesamt neun unerzwungenen Fehlern auf seinem Namen. Erster Satz: Basilashvili 1-2 Murray* (*bezeichnet den nächsten Server) Wahey! Basilashvili versucht zu dienen, aber der Ball trifft die Oberkante des Rahmens seines Schlägers und prallt himmelwärts ab! Wie auch immer, es hilft ihm eindeutig nicht und ein paar ungezwungene Fehler verschaffen Murray zwei Breakpoints – er nutzt seine Chance, als Basilashvili lange geht und der Schotte früher in diesem Match in Führung geht. Erster Satz: Basilashvili 1-0 Murray* (*bezeichnet den nächsten Aufschläger) Basilashvili beginnt mit dem Ball in seinen Händen, und das Paar beginnt mit einem 17-Schuss-Rallye, den der Georgier schließlich nach einem ungezwungenen Fehler von Murray gewinnt. Basilashvili hält. Basilashvili hält. Die Tschechin, die im Finale 2019 gegen Naomi Osaka verlor, sagte, sie sei nach nur drei Spielen – nach frühen Ausscheiden in Adelaide und Sydney – im Vorfeld ihres heutigen Spiels zu wenig gekocht. Es ist ein Sport und ich muss mich einfach durchkämpfen und besser werden.“ „Ich habe Anfang dieses Jahres nicht viele Spiele gespielt. Aber andererseits will ich natürlich immer gewinnen, wenn ich ein Match spiele.“ In der John Cain Arena herrscht ein anständiges Publikum, als Murray und Basilashvili auf den Platz gebracht werden. Ein lauter Jubel begrüßt den Schotten, einen beliebten Spieler bei den Australian Open, der mehr als oft sein bestes Tennis geliefert hat. Hier ist unser Mann vor Ort im Melbourne Park, Tumaini Carayol, über Murrays Vorbereitungen: Bei der Auslosung der Männer gab es keine größeren Komplikationen für den fünften Setzling Andrey Rublev, der einen 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 2-Sieg gegen Gianluca feierte Mager, während dort auch Diego Schwartzman, Richard Gasquet und Roberto Bautista Agut gewinnen, der 15. Samen. Lassen Sie uns kurz nachholen, was heute im Melbourne Park bereits passiert ist. Die große Neuigkeit für Heimfans ist, dass Sam Stosur lebt, um an einem anderen Tag zu kämpfen. Die Veteranin schien auf den Ausstieg und den Rücktritt vom Einzeltennis zuzusteuern, als sie den Eröffnungssatz in ihrem Eröffnungsmatch gegen den amerikanischen Wildcard-Spieler Robin Anderson verlor, aber ein mitreißendes Comeback sah die 37-Jährige mit 6:7 (5), 6 -3, 6-3 und sichert euch einen Platz in der zweiten Runde. „Das ist ein Match, an das ich mich für immer erinnern werde. Es ist wahrscheinlich eines der besten Einzelspiele, die ich seit langem gespielt habe, und es heute zu Hause zu tun ... Ohne Feuchtigkeit könnte man sagen, es sind perfekte Tennisbedingungen. Foto: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Foto: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Der zweite Tag der Open ist nach einer erfolgreichen Eröffnung am Montag, die mit einer gewissen Erleichterung aufgenommen wurde, bereits in vollem Gange, wenn man bedenkt, wie sehr der Aufbau überschattet wurde von dem, dessen Name jetzt nicht genannt werden darf – und servierte die übliche Mischung aus Intrigen und Aufregung. Heute geht die Eröffnungsrunde mit weiteren 60 Matches weiter, die es zu bestehen gilt. Als nächstes kommt Andy Murray, der fünfmalige Finalist, aber nie Sieger im Melbourne Park, der um 15 Uhr Ortszeit, 4 Uhr morgens in Großbritannien gegen den bekannten Gegner Nikoloz Basilashvili in der John Caine Arena spielt. Dieses Duell verspricht die Vorspeise für ein Festmahl in der Abendsession zu werden, wenn Nick Kyrgios sich beim diesjährigen Turnier um 19:00 Uhr AEDT/8:00 Uhr GMT verbeugt. Wie immer wird erwartet, dass der Australier in seinem Duell gegen den Briten Liam Broady, auch in der oft lauten John Cain Arena, ein Feuerwerk liefert. Zur gleichen Zeit startet ein weiterer australischer Favorit, Alex de Minaur, seine Kampagne gegen Lorenzo Musetti in der Margaret Court Arena, bevor die US-Open-Siegerin Emma Raducanu auf Sloane Stephens aus den USA trifft, um die Abendsession abzurunden. Auf Rod Laver sind die zweitgesetzten Daniil Medvedev und Aryna Sabalenka beide im Einsatz, gefolgt von Stefanos Tsitsipas, immer eine beliebte Figur in Melbourne. Fühlen Sie sich frei, eine E-Mail oder einen Tweet an @mike_hytner zu senden, wenn Sie etwas loswerden möchten.

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Latest updates as Andy Murray beats Sloane Stephens ahead of Emma Raducanu

Australian Open 2022 LIVE: Latest updates as Andy Murray beats Sloane Stephens ahead of Emma Raducanu - Follow the latest action from Day 2 at Melbourne Park (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Australian Open 2022 LIVE: Latest updates as Andy Murray beats Sloane Stephens ahead of Emma Raducanu Follow all the action as first-round matches resume on day two of the Australian Open. In women's singles, Garbine Muguruza got off to a perfect start against Clara Burel, while British qualifier Harriet Dart could do little to ward off the brilliance of Iga Swiatek, who lost 3-6, 6-0 to the 2020 French Open champions . Simona Halep and Anett Kontaveit also drove through in straight sets, although there was some shock when Petra Kvitova was beaten by Sorana Cirstea. Leylah Fernandez, who faced Emma Raducanu in last year's US Open final, also suffered an early exit at the hands of Australian qualifier Maddison Inglis. Raducanu's tantalizing match against Sloane Stephens will be his last at Margaret Court Arena this morning. However, it was a typically exhausting day for Andy Murray as he produced another triumphant performance to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili in five grueling sets. Follow the latest updates below: Fernandez and Kvitova eliminated in the first roundRaducanu vs. Stephens is yet to come 08:35, Tom Kershaw Krygios has already turned this match into a carnival atmosphere, playing trick shots for the benefit of the spectators and putting the Brits in his opening has broken service. 08:22 , Tom Kershaw Next up at the John Cain Arena is the always exciting and equally controversial Nick Kyrgios against Britain's Liam Broady. Broady, who prevailed by qualifying for the peloton, will compete against the crowd here as well. 08:18 , Tom Kershaw "When we came back last year after the forced break with Covid, we obviously played without fans in the stadium. You know, we train and practice so that we can play and compete in atmospheres like this, in places like this, to entertain you and perform in front of you. It's an amazing atmosphere and I'm so happy.” When asked how far he thinks he can go in the tournament, Murray is clear: “I'd like to have a deep run here if possible. It's tough, but I'd like a deep run. It's something I haven't had in any of the Slams since coming back from injury and it's something that motivates me. I've played my best tennis here in years, I'm comfortable here and I hope I can make it in this tournament." 08:17 , Tom Kershaw "It was a brutal match in Sydney, we got three hours over three sets [at the Sydney International last week]. He hits the ball huge from the back of the court and I had to run a lot today, defend a lot. He's not the type whose name you often want to see next to you in the draw. Obviously a bit of confidence from last week's win and thankfully crossing the finish line today.” 08:16 , Tom Kershaw “It's been a tough, tough three, four years. I have played on this course many times. The atmosphere is incredible. I've always had fantastic support. This is the match I thought my last match might have been three years ago, but to win a five set bout like this again is amazing. Couldn't ask for more.” 08:16 , Tom Kershaw I mean… 3 years ago the guy could barely walk, had double hip surgery and tearfully announced his retirement ahead of the 2019 tournament. He just hit a seed in 5 sets. pic.twitter.com/YyK22H5JpC - Jonathan Overend (@jsoverend) Jan 18 2022 08:07 , Tom Kershaw Basilashvili throws everything at two winners to bring it back to 30-40. A deep Murray backhand pushes him past the baseline and a weak return grinds into the net. Murray yells at the crowd. What a great performance from the Scot who prevails in five sets. 08:03 , Tom Kershaw A forehand drifts just wide of the tram line and Murray gets three match points! 08:02 , Tom Kershaw At three hours and 47 minutes we enter what may be the final game and Murray starts it off with vigor, jumping off a weak second serve to take a 0-15 lead. 08:00 , Tom Kershaw Murray delivers an ace at a crucial time after falling 15-30 behind in the game. He roars and then confuses Basilashvili with a deft drop shot into the net to set up the cue ball. An unforced backhand error puts Murray in the game! Basilashvili will now serve to stay in the match. 07:57 , Tom Kershaw Murray tries to react immediately and puts Basilashvili up to 30-30 on serve. However, the Georgian closes the game with an ace and the pressure on Murray's serve is back immediately. 07:52 , Tom Kershaw Emma Raducanu returns to the Grand Slam stage later in the morning in an extremely difficult test against another US Open champion at Sloane Stephens. 07:51 , Tom Kershaw Basilashvili breaks back! It was a tired service play from Murray and at the break point the two go back and forth in a grueling 30-shot rally. In the decider we are back on serve. 07:45 , Tom Kershaw It was a typically relentless first round match for Andy Murray, who is now in the fifth set against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. Two years after retiring in Melbourne, the Scot is struggling with every last drop of energy and broke serve to be close to victory.

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Play order for day two, including Emma Raducanu's start time

Everything you need to know ahead of this year's Australian Open, including the latest fixture list, as well as Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray's progress (Author: Gardener)

Emma Raducanu'sEmma Raducanu faces tough first match at Australian Open The world's best tennis players are in Australia for the inaugural grand slam of 2022 - the Australian Open - but one key figure - Novak Djokovic - will be absent. With the world No. 1 tennis player not allowed to stay and defend his title, it meant a late reshuffle of the men's singles draw. Grand Slam tournament rules state that the withdrawal of the top seed after the order of play was published on Monday means a lucky loser - someone who lost in the last qualifying round - goes into the draw. Salvatore Caruso, who is ranked No. 150 in the world, has replaced Djokovic and plays Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic. From a British perspective, all eyes will be on Emma Raducanu, who will contest her first Grand Slam since winning the US Open last September. However, the 19-year-old faces a tough opening match against world No. 68 Sloane Stephens and could face No. 14 Simona Halep in the third round. The British No. 1 will be under pressure to repeat her New York exploits in Melbourne but patience will be required as she works with a new coach, Torben Beltz. In the men's draw, Andy Murray faced Nikoloz Basilashvili, whom he defeated in a thriller at the Sydney Tennis Classic on Wednesday before finishing second at the Sydney Tennis Classic. Emma Raducanu looks to recover from a disappointing warm-up in Sydney. Although there is no official start time yet, Raducanu's game against Stephens is expected to start just after 8am on Tuesday morning. Cameron Norrie had to look for answers after a disheartening loss to Sebastian Korda in the first round of the Australian Open. The young American is one of the rising stars of the game and this was a very tricky draw for the British number one but a 6-3 6-0 6-4 result left no room for positive results. "I think that was maybe my worst match in the last eight months or so," said the 12th seedling. Every time I've had a chance to come back, he's fought his way out. And on the bigger points he was way better than me. "I didn't play well in any really important point today. That's part of the game and it's just a disappointing start to the year with this match." Britain's Cameron Norrie was KO'd by Sebastian Korda. Both men recently tested positive for Covid-19 - Norrie in December and Korda on arrival in Australia. But the American, son of former Melbourne champion Petr, was sharp from the start while Norrie immediately faced an uphill battle and never recovered. The tournament begins on January 17th and ends with the men's final on January 30th. Where is the Australian Open held? Where is the Australian Open? The Australian Open takes place at Melbourne Park in Victoria. Darts has perhaps the toughest draw of any Brit, meeting 2020 French Open champion Swiatek in the first round, who is 8th. Swiatek reached the semifinals in Adelaide last week and looks in impressive form. Broady fell to his knees visibly emotional on Friday after qualifying for the Australian Open for the first time. His draw against Australia's Kyrgios isn't ideal, but at least it guarantees him a place on his debut. Raducanu faces a difficult fate for her first Major since winning the US Open. She meets Stephens, champions in New York 2017, whose form is often difficult to predict and has not played since November. Evans meets Belgium opponent David Goffin, the former top 10 player. He was struggling with an injury in Sydney last week and was forced to retire last Thursday while playing Andy Murray. Murray had a great run in Sydney, reached a final for the first time since 2019 and will be full of confidence. He will face strong opponents in strong Basilashvili, who he has met for the third time since July, but with two wins under his belt he should gauge his chances. Who is missing from the Australian Open? Two of the sport's biggest names - Roger Federer and Serena Williams - will not be in Melbourne as they continue to recover from injuries that disrupted their 2021 season. And of course Novak Djokovic will also be absent, meaning it will be the first time since 1999 that an Australian Open will be played without the Serb or Federer. 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu is also absent as she takes a break from the tour, while former British No. 1 Jo Konta announced her retirement from tennis in November. How to watch Australian Open 2022 on TV Eurosport has the broadcast rights to live action from Melbourne. Alize Lim will be based in London, where she will be joined by seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander, three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Johanna Konta (week one) and former world number four Tim Henman (week two). 250 hours of live coverage will be broadcast, with Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 dedicated to the best matches at Rod Laver Arena. All pitches and all matches are accessible via Discovery+, the Eurosport app and Eurosport.com. Coverage begins at midnight on January 17th for the opening session of the tournament.

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Emma Raducanu is concerned about 'burning out' as the star tries to win the Australian Open

EMMA RADUCANU could "burn out" if country puts too much pressure on her so early in her career, Express.co.uk has been told. (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuRaducanu, 19, started 2021 like many other students her age - emphasizing the high school exams and whether she would get enough time to study for them. Twelve months later, her concerns centered on something far fewer people had ever considered: whether or not she would be fit enough to play at the Australian Open. She shot to stardom with her shock win at the US Open in September, becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era. She's currently UK No. 1 and world No. 18, meaning she's automatically qualified for the Australian Open, which was probably another shock to her system. However, just before Christmas, she was crushed by COVID-19 and the prospect of a game in Australia was called into question. But after a speedy recovery and a slowly ramping up training regime, she appears ready to play her first match of the tournament against 28-year-old US opponent Sloane Stephens on Tuesday at 8am GMT. Raducanu's team reportedly failed to train her intensively for another week after her 10-day isolation period in December, meaning she missed her scheduled season opener in Melbourne. She later revealed she could have pulled out of Sydney too after receiving a reality check during her 6-0, 6-1 loss to Elena Rybakina .It's no surprise that Raducanu's recent poor form has been the subject of much speculation, with commentators regularly questioning whether she really has what it takes to become a world No. 1. JUST IN: Andy Murray Australian Open verdict by Norrie - 'He's Chris Evans, a Labor MP for Islwyn in South Wales and Deputy Chair of the Tennis All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), previously expressed his concern that Raducanu was so early in her career could "burn out" if her rapid rise coincides with it. The many voices that chime in about her performance are proving too much to handle. He was speaking at a time when figures such as John McEnroe, the tennis legend, and Piers Morgan were adding their voices to the debate after Raducanu was dropped from Wimbledon due to illness hi lth.In an interview with Express.co.uk he said: 'I think her victory at the US Open at the age of 18 is a fantastic achievement, beyond anyone's wildest dreams - especially considering that British women's tennis has been in the doldrums for a number of years.Osaka states that he feeling 'judged by everyone' on return from break [REPORT] Novak Djokovic in line for award after being deported by Australian Open [INSIGHT] "However, my real concern is this: Tennis history is littered with people So far back like Tracy Austin, Hana Mandlíková, Jennifer Capriati, even Monice Seles, all of whom were very bright very early in their careers with a lot of hype around them, but then through injuries and in person problems and burnt out the rest "I think we need to give Emma space to grow and enjoy her game and just enjoy every minute of her career right now." When we start pressuring her and pretending that she as one of Williams' sisters, I think we have to be very careful when thinking about comparing these examples with other examples in history where things didn't go so well. "Meanwhile, when asked how she reacted after her loss to Rybakina, Raducanu said: "It's a challenge to try and find the balance that you want to go out right after isolation and practice so much, but when you do it If you overdo the hours after not doing anything for 20 days, you always start having little problems. The first week I couldn't train that much. "But after Sydney, the match, it was just good to see where I was at that point." After that, I went out to sharpen a few things on the practice field. "All I want to see is that I'm a little better and feeling better.

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Emma Raducanu told to be 'selfish' in firm Grand Slam warning ahead of Australian Open

EMMA RADUCANU aims to succeed in consecutive Grand Slam tournaments over the next fortnight. (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuWe use your registration to deliver content in a way you have consented to and to improve our understanding of you. We use your registration to deliver content in a way you have consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include advertising from us and third parties, as we understand it. This may include advertising from us and third parties, as we understand it. According to Mats Wilander, Emma Raducanu has to be "selfish" and ignore media attention from home if she wants to win multiple Grand Slams in her career. According to Mats Wilander, Emma Raducanu has to be "selfish" and ignore media attention from home if she wants to win multiple Grand Slams in her career. Raducanu meets American Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Raducanu meets American Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. It is the Brit's first time at the tournament in Melbourne. It is the Brit's first time at the tournament in Melbourne. Emma Raducanu 'can't have that much confidence' with fears raised Emma Raducanu 'can't have that much confidence' with fears raised Raducanu rose to fame last year when she won the US Open aged just 18. But the teenager has struggled in the tournaments she's competed in since. Seven-time Grand Slam champion Wilander believes Raducanu needn't worry about her form in recent months and says she has a "very special" talent.

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When are Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray, Dan Evans in action on Tuesday?

The order of play for the British contingent on day two at Melbourne Park. (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu, Andy Murray and Dan Evans are among the six British players set to take part in day two of the 2022 Australian Open on Tuesday. All eyes will be on US Open champion Raducanu as she makes her debut in the main draw of the Australian Open in her first Grand Slam since her fairytale run at Flushing Meadows. The match is unlikely to start before 10:00 UK time (07:00 Melbourne time) as it will take place after Alex de Minaur meets Lorenzo Musetti. Harriet Dart will be the first British player of day two as she meets seventh seed and former French Open champion Iga Swiatek in the second game of the morning session at the Rod Laver Arena Time (12:00 Melbourne time). Wildcard Murray is set for his first Melbourne appearance since 2019, taking on 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili at the John Cain Arena. Britain's No.2 Evans meets David Goffin on Court 13 at around 03:15 UK time, while qualifier Liam Broady will take on Nick Kyrgios in a feature match at around 08:00 UK time at the John Cain Arena. In terms of big-name players in action, second seed Daniil Medvedev will start his campaign against Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland at around 02:30 UK time at the Rod Laver Arena, while fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Mikael Ymer of Sweden in the final match of the day in the same place. Aryna Sabalenka, runner-up in the women's draw, meets Storm Sanders of Australia at around 08:00 UK time at the Rod Laver Arena, while Garbine Muguraza, third-place finisher, meets Clara Burel in the first game of the day on Center Court . Australian Open News article: When are Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray, Dan Evans in action on Tuesday?

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When is Emma Raducanu's first match at the Australian Open? Date, time, opponents and how to spectate

British tennis star Emma Raducanu is set to make her Australian Open debut later this week (Author: Gardener)

AustralianBritish tennis star Emma Raducanu is set to make her Australian Open debut later this week. The 19-year-old will compete in only the third Grand Slam of her career, four months after her unlikely win at the US Open in September. Raducanu became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam at the US Open - winning 10 straight games without dropping a set during the tournament. Although Raducanu started last year at No. 343 in the world, she finished it in the top 20 in the world. She is currently number 18 in the world. She was forced to withdraw from the Melbourne Summer Set due to her period of isolation before losing 6-0, 6-1 to Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in the opening round of the Sydney Tennis Classic. Raducanu claimed she was able to 'wipe off' the heavy defeat and she has since been in full prep mode for her opening match at the Australian Open. Raducanu will start her Australian Open campaign tomorrow (January 18). The game is scheduled for 9pm in Melbourne or 10am in the UK. Raducanu meets Sloane Stephens. The American star is a former world number three and has triumphed at the US Open since 2017. She also reached the final of the 2018 French Open. She has only made it to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam in 11 matches since Roland-Garros in 2018. The 28-year-old has now slipped to No. 67 in the world and has yet to compete in a WTA Tour tournament this year. If Raducanu is to defeat Stephens, their second-round tie would be a bit friendlier. Kovinić is ranked 98th in the world while Jang is outside the top 200. The pair will also play tomorrow, a few hours before Raducanu takes on Stephens. The Australian Open will be broadcast live in the UK on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2.

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Raducanu & Murray lead British interest

Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray lead the British contingent on Tuesday as six players attempt to navigate tricky first-round matches at the Australian Open. (Author: Gardener)

BritishEmma Raducanu and Andy Murray lead the British contingent on Tuesday as six players attempt to navigate tricky first-round matches at the Australian Open. Raducanu and Murray are joined by Dan Evans, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Liam Broady. Qualifier Dart will be the first to play when she takes on 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek, 7th seed from Poland at around 02:00 GMT at Rod Laver Arena. Five-time finalist Murray, who was awarded a wildcard, is returning to John Cain Arena where he feared he played the last game of his career three years ago. Watson and Evans were expected to play around the same time as Murray, with both third in their respective spots. Watson meets Egyptian Mayar Sherif in eighth, while Evans, number 24, meets Belgium's David Goffin in 13th. Broady, playing in the main draw for the first time since qualifying, plays home favorite Nick Kyrgios on Cain at around 08:00. Cameron Norrie was the only Brit to play in Melbourne on Monday but "unperformed and failed to execute" in a tough first-day loss to rising American star Sebastian Korda. Meanwhile, Russia's Daniil Medvedev - the leading men's seed following the deportation of Novak Djokovic from Australia - begins his tournament against Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen. No one predicted ahead of the 2021 Australian Open that Raducanu would end the season as a Major champion. Expectations should be realistic and the chances of her winning back-to-back Grand Slams with a win in Melbourne seem slim. Osaka is the only woman in the past 20 years who has won her first Grand Slam title straight away. The Brit is ranked 18th in the world and lost 6-0, 6-1 to Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in 2022 for the first time after signing Covid last month. Raducanu has had a very tough start in Melbourne, facing 2017 US Open champion Stephens. "Just playing at this Grand Slam, I had to work so hard to be here. "I feel like there's actually no pressure on me. I feel like I'm just happy to be here and have a swing The champion returns to the event despite a metal hip and a series of subsequent nagging injuries after managing to restart his career. Murray is ranked 113 in the world and remains hopeful of getting back deep into major tournaments Performances towards the end of 2021 reinforced his conviction and he backed it up by reaching the final in Sydney despite being beaten by Russia's Aslan Karatsev on Saturday would. "These are the games and moments that I want to create as often as possible," Murray said. who beat Basilashvili in Sydney, told BBC Sport. Evans, 31, won the first ATP title of his career last season - at the Murray River Open in Melbourne - and continued his good form to finish in 22nd place A career high. Evans won all of his three singles matches at the ATP Cup and reached the semi-finals in Sydney. Watson, 29, is the only other British woman with automatic entry by rankings, while the 25-year-old Darts defeated Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell to progress through qualification on Friday. Broady, 28, secured his place in the main draw for the first time with a comeback win over Russia's Roman Safiullin. His reward is a duel with home favorite Kyrgios, whose games on Cain - known as 'People's Court' because it's open to place ticket holders - are always rough affairs.

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